Tempus Fugit. I sometimes marvel at how an hour, a day and sometimes even a week can get away from me. But now that I look back, I can see that a lot has been going on since my last post.
I've been working happily on the applique for Carpenter's Star.
My original idea was some sort of sunflower motif - inspired by the fabrics in the body of the quilt, I suppose. But after cutting some shapes from freezer paper, ironing them to the top and living with it for a day or so, it was easy to see that wasn't what I really wanted. Then I remembered a quilt from this book that I have looked at again and again with thoughts of recreating it myself. Called the Poke Stalk quilt, it is a delicious adventure in little appliqued berries - a huge undertaking. That same quilt has inspired Gwen Marston and Jan Patek to create their own versions. Why not follow their lead and try my hand at simply taking inspiration rather than a full blown copy?
I continue to marvel at the season of spring. What dramatic changes can happen in what seems like overnight. Trees are now filled with colorful blossoms and leaves. Little sprouts are peeking out of the ground all over the place. Some I suspect are weeds, but I don't much have the heart to yank them out just yet. I'm enjoying the sight of little yellow dandelions making polka dots across the lawn. Then there are surprises that I can identify like tulips.
I spotted these over in the back corner of our lot this week. Since we did not get here until late summer, these kinds of surprises could continue for some time. Pretty nice surprises, wouldn't you say?
Speaking of weeds, Daisy is growing like a weed. We are now in week four of puppy school. She is learning her lessons well and can follow the commands 'sit,' 'down,' and 'come' nicely - especially with the enticement of a treat. Let's just say that Daisy has NEVER met a treat she didn't like. Now her playground skills could use a little honing. She is exuberant to say the least. One of her classmates is a mini Aussie and his size makes him vulnerable to Daisy's sumo-like tendencies. The other puppy is a touch shy, preferring to watch from the side rather than engage in all the rough and tumble. So we are going to try on doggy day care for size. Keep your paws crossed that will give her the active play and socialization she needs . . . . while giving me one day per week to catch my breath.
Here's a look at Daisy and her 'frenemy' The Vacuum Cleaner.
I'd say she has just a bit of suspicion in her eye.
I've saved the biggest adventure of the week for last. Yesterday I went with McIrish Annie to The New England Quilt Museum to see the special exhibition of Amish crib quilts. What a treat! Sadly, but understandably, no photography was allowed. From the gift shop, I did pick up a book that features several of the display quilts.
It really is a wonder how these quilts made from plain, solid fabrics can be so graphic. It's a curiosity to me when a random fabric appears - was this a purposeful design decision or a make-do necessity? Then there are the tiny quilting stitches forming grids, feathers, flowers and cables that really bring the quilts to life. Thank you, Ann, for a fun day!
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